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Steve Dildarian returns with wry ‘toon ‘Ten Year Old Tom’

Steve Dildarian is again with a brand new grownup animated collection that doesn’t miss a beat from “The Life & Occasions of Tim,” his terrific animated HBO comedy that ended its three-season run in 2012.

In that collection, creator/author/star Dildarian performed the titular Tim, a 20-something laconic schlemiel residing in New York along with his girlfriend, Amy — a “Curb Your Enthusiasm”-type existence peppered with awkward conditions.

In “Ten 12 months Outdated Tom,” premiering Thursday (Sept. 30) on HBO Max, Dildarian performs an analogous character; right here, Tom is barely 10 (however happening 40) with a shrug-your-shoulders outlook on life tinged with shock and naivete. He lives along with his tattooed mom (Edi Patterson) whereas his plumber-father philanders elsewhere; his greatest pal, Nelson (Byron Bowers) typically leads him astray (however at all times in a well-intentioned form of method) and he’s surrounded by tone-deaf adults in his suburban New Jersey city. (Dildarian as a Backyard State native.)

Every roughly-half-hour episode is comprised of two vignettes; within the opener, Tom’s sketchy bassoon-playing within the Shady Oaks Elementary College band triggers a storyline encompassing his trainer music trainer, Mr. B (John Malkovich), his bitter principal (Todd Glass) — who’s a “gentle stealer” within the grocery store and hopes no one notices — and Tom’s faculty bus driver (Ben Rodgers) who pushes him to play baseball so he can entice women. (“What’s ‘motion?’ I’m not aware of the phrase,” Tom says to him.) This results in an embarrassing scenario for Tom on the diamond, however solely after telling his coach, referring to his uniform, that “I want to not tuck, if that’s an possibility.” The second storyline revolves round Tom, an ice cream truck, its cynical driver (David Duchovny) — “All day lengthy with the youngsters and the joy. I’m able to blow my brains out in right here” — and a social media marketing campaign that goes south … shortly.

Photo showing Tom holding his bassoon and looking at his music teacher, Mr. B, in "Ten Year Old Tom."
Tom (Steve Dildarian) along with his trusty bassoon, flanked by Dakota (Gillian Jacobs, left) and Yasmin (Taylor Misiak) within the collection opener of “Ten 12 months Outdated Tom.” John Malkovich performs Mr. B (who’s carrying the headband).
Credit score: HBO Max

A lot of the humor in “Ten 12 months Outdated Tom” is sparked by Dildarian’s dry supply (virtually a monotone) which counter-balances the bizarre conditions through which Tom finds himself time and again. Jennifer Coolidge, George Wallace, Gillian Jacobs and Mark Proksch (“What We Do within the Shadows”) amongst others, additionally lend their pipes as supporting characters. Their contributions are as essential to the collection as Dildarian’s starring function; the collection makes use of the identical 2-D, back-to-basics method Dildarian employed in “The Life & Occasions of Tim,” so the opposite characters’ voices have to resonate to fill across the emotional blanks which can be part-and-parcel of the collection’ minimalist animation type.

Dildarian followers, and those that respect sharp, barely warped grownup comedy, will take pleasure in “Ten 12 months Outdated Tom” and the slightly-off-kilter world of this intelligent collection.

Photo showing Tom and his friend Nelson with Tom's baseball coach, who's played by Erik Griffin.
Tom and Nelson (Byron Bowers, proper) with Steve’s baseball coach (Erik Griffin).
Credit score: HBO Max

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Aila Slisco

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